Replacing but keeping the old one as a spare
You didn't need to give your computer specs for me to know that you are ready for a new computer.
As a computer geek from the 80s (certifications notwithstanding, they're *mostly* junk) I have watched the steady march of time and the computer from the lowly glorified calculator that kept its information on CASSETTE TAPE (huh? what's that??? lol!) to Windows 7 SP1.
Between 1988 when I had my first taste of computers and a BBS (go look it up lol!) and 2012 came many, MANY iterations, changes and COMPELLING reasons to "start all over again", as it were, especially when you have spent many hours configuring your personal settings so they are just right for you and yes there are simple ways to get most if not all of your information transfered right in the MS software, I never do it without feeling like my new computer isn't perfectly clean so I take just the pictures and then learn my new OS or iteration of Windows by NOT doing a transfer of ALL SETTINGS.
I now believe that Windows needs to be understood and taught in school. People NEED to know how to manually set up a computer, set up their small home lan, and do many, MANY things that technology is offering us but that MANY are not using because they don't know HOW.
Arguments for a new computer... I think you will need only one... Do you want a faster computing experience?
If the answer is "yes", then you have a few other questions to answer before you go shopping for your new computer, so don't just grab the first one you see that twinkles and buzzes...
Is ANYONE going to be using this computer for gaming? If so, then a SEPARATE video card is mandatory not to have the stuttering that ALL onboard video has. My adult son saw my computer was having massive issues running not only SWTOR, but even WOW at decent settings on a computer that wasn't even five months old and all because it didn't have a separate video card.
If no gaming, a simple separate video card will do for almost all your needs unless you are venturing into CAD. Browsing the web, word processing, playing simple games for kids or adults without hitting the net (stand alone games) will run darn well unless the game is "cutting edge". You do NOT want to try to play Skyrim without a separate video card.
I am seriously NOT a fan of China's skill in building computers. I have a US built machine with a very good video card, and American support. Did I pay a fortune? Nope, I paid under $800 and have a machine that will last until the next big changes because this one CAN be upgraded...
The only other thing I can think of that would be a major consideration is to make sure your computer can do an HDMI connection and has enough usb ports as well as a large enough power supply (650 minimum) if you ever DO decide you need a separate video card - my Lenovo H410 could not even be upgraded... $500 computer down the drain because I wanted to play games and it's dead, dead, dead.
If you buy onliine OR from a brick and mortor store make sure you know the components and that they are not last years (the Lenovo was over a year "old" by the time I bought it, I didn't have a choice at the time...). I don't go to retail any longer BECAUSE their inventory is not only "old" but they tend very much to sell the lowest common denominator in computers and gear... Several stores online are MUCH better. I find it strange not to have a mainstream computer or one that I built, you have to look a bit harder to find one built in the US but you can't beat getting a computer within a week and have an American speaker on the other end if you have any trouble. You might not like everyone who answers, but they SPEAK the same language you do, and Lenovo was the LAST computer I will EVER buy that was NOT, built and supported by Americans.
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